Incorporation of quality and safety principles in maintenance of certification: a qualitative analysis of American Board of Medical Specialties member boards.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Most physicians pursue board certification through the American Board of Medical Specialties, and many subsequently enter maintenance of certification (MOC) programs in order to demonstrate a commitment to staying current in their field. Although board certification and MOC programs have traditionally focused on medical knowledge, this survey found that most MOC programs now incorporate patient safety and quality improvement content. However, the specific content and assessment methods varied widely between fields.